Publishers Need (Re)Education, So What Would You Teach?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

How to monetize digital? Book discovery? Rights and royalties? Macro or micro, let us know what you think. By Edward Nawotka Education, as the cliche goes, never stops. Publishing is an evolving trade and profession, especially in the age of digital. Education or re-education for working publishers, such as those attending the Yale Publishing Course (discussed in today’s feature story), …

Is Publishing’s Obsession with the Kindle and iPad Elitist?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

Several digital publishers across Latin America and South East Asia argue that the ongoing obsession with Kindle and iPad is shortsighted at best, and elitist at worst. By Edward Nawotka Today’s feature story looks at the importance of developing an API as part of an effective digital distribution strategy. An API allows a publisher to efficiently deliver a multitude of devices. That …

“Publishers Are Right to Be Afraid,” says Publishing Technology’s Randy Petway

In Digital by Daniel Kalder

A leading publishing technology service provider believes too many publishers may have their “head in the sand” when it comes to the impact of technology on the future of the industry. By Daniel Kalder As Executive Vice President, Strategy and Business Development at Publishing Technology, a digital publishing services company, Randy Petway leads the firm in its strategic development to ensure continued …

Russian Publishing is No “Depressing” Siberia; E-book Innovation from Bookmate.ru

In Europe by Edward Nawotka

By Hannah Johnson and Edward Nawotka As the Market Focus of this year’s London Book Fair, Russia shows off its literary culture, growing e-book market and readiness for international cooperation. As the Market Focus of this year’s London Book Fair, Russia was represented by a robust program of events featuring authors, publishers and industry experts — truly the elite of …

Price Fixing vs Fixed Prices: Europe’s Emerging E-book Quagmire

In Europe, Resources by Edward Nawotka

On Monday, the European Commission investigated several French publishers for illegal e-book price fixing, this in a country with fixed book prices. Ironic, hypocritical…or merely confusing? By Edward Nawotka Yesterday we learned from a dozen news sources that on March 1 several European publishing houses were “raided” by European Commission officials in search of evidence of price fixing among e-book …

E-Book Lending: Boon or Bane to Publishers?

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

E-book lending may not seem in the best interest of publishers, but it will only lead to additional sales, argue the creators of new e-book lending site EBookFling.com. Editorial by Chip O’Brien, BookSwim.com “The reality is that the biggest threat to book-writers and publishers is that their works are simply invisible to people who get all their information from the …

Rethinking Rights in a Transmedia World

In Digital by Daniel Kalder

By Daniel Kalder As President of Brain Candy LLC, Scott Walker is one of the individuals behind the project Runes of Gallidon, an online fantasy world in which a community of fans are invited to contribute characters, concepts and stories to the central concept. It’s what Walker bills as “a guided collaborative enterprise breaking down the barrier between creator and …

In Europe E-books are Approached with “Concern, Not Hysteria,” says Italy’s Mussinelli

In Europe by Daniel Kalder

By Daniel Kalder MILAN: “The problem in Italy and in Europe in general, is that data on e-books is scarce, says Cristina Mussinelli, a digital publishing consultant for the Italian Publishers Association and European member of the IDPF board. “There is no central entity collecting information in an organized way, and the ways in which different countries collect data may not …

Building an Author Platform from Scratch

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

• Publishers want to work with authors who have an existing audience. • Following-up on last Friday’s article about personal marketing, model, author and self-publisher Isobella Jade, shares how she’s built her own impressive platform. By Isobella Jade Whenever a girl comments on my Facebook page saying she just bought my books, I know it is because she Googled words that …